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The New York Times called attention to the massacre this week in an article on Netflix’s “talk show problem.” One vice president described the move as “an easy way for viewers to catch up before the new episodes launched.” And that makes sense: the task of picking up a new show is less daunting with fewer episodes, and each episode of a talk show can stand alone.
It’s confirmation of a point the Times raised, which is that “talk shows make for an awkward fit with streaming.” But why should that be so?
Netflix—and - Services - General—are - Replacements - Television
Netflix—and streaming services in general—are not yet functioning as direct replacements for traditional television. We still treat the platform differently. Sure, the option to open Netflix and tune into a regular talk show before bed exists, but people don’t seem to want that.
Maybe the late-night talk show is a habit of older generations: people who don’t have Netflix and wouldn’t watch Michelle Wolf if they did. Does that mean “The Tonight Show” will eventually drift off the airwaves? Maybe, although I think it’ll take longer than some expect for traditional television to fade away.
Experience - Fans - Shows - Seasons - Process
Streaming can still be an immediate, communal experience. Fans of popular shows binge new seasons as soon as they drop, but even then the process is usually a little delayed: some stay up late, some binge after work, some get three episodes in and finish over the weekend.
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I find it extremely funny when people keep voting and expecting the government to change!